HOUSTON-REARED RAPPER Megan Thee Stallion dominated last month's BET awards by bringing home the awards for Best Female Hip-Hop Artist, Video of the Year and Best Collaboration, and now she's dominating magazine covers. The "WAP" artist made history this month by being the first rapper to ever grace the cover of Sports Illustrated's annual swimsuit issue, which also gave covers this year to tennis champ Naomi Osaka and transgender model and actress Leyna Bloom — the magazine's first transgender cover star.

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Austin Sepulvado, Sergio Trevino and Haley Lynch of Ancient Cat Society

HOUSTON FOLK BAND Ancient Cat Society may be named after one of the unfriendliest of domesticated animals — sorry, cat people — but the fact belies the sunny dispositions of its members. The affable artists, set to release their third studio album later this year, thrive on collaboration, and, in fact, also work together in two other popular bands.

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Rapper Fat Tony is among the many Houston musicians name-checked in the new 'Rolling Stone.' (photo from @fattonyrap on Instagram)

HOUSTON WAS JUST called out as the "Hot Scene" of 2021 by Rolling Stone in an article praising the city's resurgent rap scene. The magazine offered the Texas-sized props in its annual hot list in the July/August edition.

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